Murphy given the 'Word' for Fleder project

Last Update: 06 December 2000

Murphy given the 'Word' for Fleder project

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Date: 15 November 2000

Murphy given the 'Word' for Fleder project
By Zorianna Kit and Chris Gardner

Brittany Murphy ("Girl, Interrupted") is set to star alongside Michael Douglas in the Gary Fleder-directed "Don't Say a Word" for New Regency and 20th Century Fox. The project is scheduled to go into production next month.

Based on Andrew Klavan's novel of the same name, "Word" is about a New York psychiatrist (Douglas) who is forced to treat a mentally unstable patient with a violent past (Murphy) in order secure the freedom of his kidnapped daughter.

The project is being produced by Arnold and Anne Kopelson and Nana Greenwald.

Fleder will shoot from the latest screen adaptation by Tony Peckham. Klavan wrote the original screen adaptation of his novel, and subsequent versions were written by Donald Steward and Christine Roum. Peckham, who also wrote an earlier draft of the adaptation, was brought on to write another. "Word" won the 1992 Edgar Award for best novel.

Murphy, repped by ICM and Artists Management Group, is shooting Columbia Pictures' "Riding in Cars With Boys" opposite Drew Barrymore. She will next be seen in Warner Bros.' "Summer Catch" and Paramount Classics' "Sidewalks of New York." Her other feature credits include "Drop Dead Gorgeous" and "Clueless."


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